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Sin Eui-hyun of South Korea competes in the men's 15-kilometer sitting cross-country skiing event at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, on March 11, 2018.

The show of division came on the same day that President Donald Trump announced that he agreed to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Marie racing to gold in the men's visually impaired downhill race.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea The opening ceremony of the biggest Winter Paralympics yet unfolded Friday night with a glittering performance that championed a world of coexistence where differences are embraced and understood.

Pyongyang sent 22 athletes to last month's Olympics, and teams from the North and South marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony. At the "Parade of Nations" flag-bearer of the Ukrainian team was the repeated champion and medalist of the Paralympic games in ski racing and biathlon Vitaly Lukyanenko.

The first USA gold of these Paralympics was the first US gold in the biathlon, with Kendall Gretsch winning the women's 6km sitting biathlon, with teammate Oksana Masters capturing the bronze.

During the Winter Olympics, the two Koreas marched under a unified flag that displayed Korea with a set of islands in the Sea of Japan, which are now the subject of a territorial dispute.

A record 567 athletes will take part across nine days of competition.

This is North Korea's debut at the Winter Paralympic games. Russian athletes, competing under a neutral flag after a mass doping scandal, clinched two golds while France also won two.

North Korea pulled out of the joint march after South Korea chose to remove islands claimed by Japan from the flag, which depicts the Korean peninsula. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Three athletes have competed at every Winter Games since 2006: alpine skiers Laurie Stephens and Tyler Walker, and sled hockey goalie Steve Cash.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday at the city's Olympic stadium.